Want Ripped Abs Like Kelsea Ballerini? Here’s 4 Core Workouts To Get You Shredded

I think we can all agree that Kelsea Ballerini is absolutely stunning.

According to an interview with PEOPLE magazine and her trainer, Erin Oprea, it didn’t always come so easy.

“She might not love working out, but she does it and she does it well,” Oprea tells PEOPLE.  Oprea, who also trains Carrie Underwood, says that “abs are truly made in the kitchen,” and makes that clear to her clients, but in the gym, Oprea has a few favorite moves for a serious ab burn.

Here’s 4 moves to get you abs like Kelsea Ballerini

1. Ball Throws

“This is a favorite of my clients and for me too!” Oprea says. Sit on a Bosu ball, and have your partner stand on your feet. Using a 6-10 lb. ball, move it behind your head and keeping your abs engaged as you lean back. Throw the ball to your partner as you crunch up and repeat as you go back down, catching the ball and keeping your abs tight the whole time.

“No arching of your back!” Oprea adds. “Repeat 10-20 times, but don’t let the move get into your back.”

2. Sit-up Claps

“Lay on your back and sit up, while at the same time bringing a straight leg up to meet you. Clap your hands behind your raised leg before returning your leg and upper body down to the ground to repeat clapping behind the other leg. Go back and forth for a total of 10-15 claps behind each leg.”

3. Side Plank Hip Pulses

“Go into a side plank on your right elbow. Now dip your hips toward the ground (not touching the ground, but close), then bring them back up to neutral. Repeat these dips for 20-45 seconds before repeating the exercise on your left elbow.”

4. Elbow Plank with Hip Dips

“Go into an elbow plank and dip your hips to each side, while using your abs to engage your body before your hips touch the ground. Bring your hips up and over to each side, repeating for 30-60 seconds.”

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